Ethnic conflict, post-conflict institutional design, power-sharing, external actors and peacebuilding
My research interests focus on peacebuilding in deeply divided societies, particularly the role of post-conflict power-sharing in fostering peace and democracy. My work covers Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Iraq. I am also interested in the role of external actors, especially the UN and the EU, in peacebuilding processes. My work on power-sharing has been published as several monographs (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), (Palgrave Macmillan 2012, with David Galbreath), an edited volume (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, with Brendan O'Leary) as well as articles in journals including Cooperation and Conflict, Democratization, Government and Opposition, Ethnopolitics, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Security Dialogue, and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
My recent research projects include acting as Co-Investigator (with Dr Allison McCulloch, Brandon University, Canada) on an Insight Development Grant funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017-2019). The project investigated the normative and instrumental reasons why third-party mediators turn to power-sharing strategies during peace negotiations. We focused on the role of external actors at two critical statebuilding moments: the negotiation stage that culminates in the adoption of an inclusive institutional package and the post-conflict implementation stage, when third parties find themselves re-engaged in the external governance of self-determination disputes. We published our findings as several journal articles in Cooperation and Conflict and the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, as well as several policy papers and conference presentations.
I have also carried out previous research on UN-EU cooperation in peacebuilding, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. I joined the department in 2008 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work on a Leverhulme Trust project exploring the cooperation among international organisations (the EU, OSCE and Council of Europe) on minority rights in Europe. This project resulted in a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan (with David Galbreath) as well as several articles in journals including Ethnopolitics, Security Dialogue and the Journal of European Integration.
Previous to Aberdeen, I was a Sawyer Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict, University of Pennsylvania. I completed my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast.
- Ethnic Conflict and Peace Processes
- The role of International Organisations in Post-Conflict Peace-Building
- Power-Sharing in Deeply Divided Places
- Minority Rights in Europe
Co-Investigator (with Allison McCulloch, Brandon University, Canada) on a 2-year Insight Development Grant funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project investigates the normative and instrumental reasons why third-party mediators turn to power-sharing strategies during peace negotiations. We focus on the role of external actors at two critical statebuilding moments: the negotiation stage that culminates in the adoption of an inclusive institutional package and the post-conflict implementation stage, when third parties find themselves re-engaged in the external governance of self-determination disputes.
The External Governance of Power-Sharing Settlements, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Co-Investigator, 40,000 CAD)
Designing Good Governance in Two Post-War Societies (Bosnia and Lebanon) (£6,000, Scottish Funding Council)
UN-EU Cooperation in Peacebuilding, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (May to July 2013; £1,880)
- War and Peace in International Politics (4th year undergraduate)
- Introduction to Politics and International Relations (1st year undergradue)
- MSc International Relations
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REF Lead, Politics and International Relations
Social Sciemce PG Committee
Social Science Research Committee